Hickman, Hulbert "Hub"
His nickname says it all--"Hub"--the center of activity on the baseball diamond around which all the action takes place. A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he played along with his Hall of Famer brother, Sam, for American Legion teams. Hub hit Akron and immediately became a fixture at second base on the area sandlots. A solid singles hitter who produced in the clutch, Hub first played in Akron with the North Akron Merchants and Cuyahoga Falls Majestics before moving to the newly formed and soon to be dominant champions, the Killian Celtics in 1934. In all the years that Frank Killian sponsored a baseball team, Hub was the only regular second sacker that Killian called upon. An All-League selection numerous times, Hub's defensive play helped the Celtics to championships in the Northern Ohio and Akron-Barberton Leagues, the NABF State Tournaments, and strong showings in the NABF National Tournaments.